A lamp project
How to turn an IKEA lamp into a Death Star
- Find a large (Ø 51 cm) or small “IKEA PS 2014” lamp.
- Copy-Cat instructions of someone who already done such a re-make.
- Collect the needed materials.
- can of spray paint (bottom layer)
- liquid paint (top layer)
- roll of narrow tape
- sharp, long scissors
- cutting knife
- 20-21 cm wide (deep) soup plate
- small paint-roller
- a roll of book-covering plastics
Collect ideas / decide on Your best approach
Search Youtube: there’s the quick-fix, and other ideas on how to paint insides / protect inside / paint outside / add effects.
Painting the surface – which will be the ‘bottom’ color :
- Protect the inside surface of the curved (lamp) plates. We did this by masking tape, covering the edges, piece-by-piece.
- If opting to spray-paint, limit the area of the spray mist can travel.
- Can of 400 ml is just barely sufficient.
Covering the ‘bottom’ color – the ‘labyrinths’ – with tape :
- collect the lamp into a sphere.
- tape the surface with the patterns – the star ‘labyrinths’.
- we used 2 tape rolls of 2 different widths – 19 / 24 mm.
- cutting long pieces of tape on the length for even narrower pieces.
- VIDEO ( Youtube / opens up new window )
The laser disc – arranging the round plate ‘labyrinths’ :
- take book-covering plastic.
- draw the ‘labyrinth’ pattern on the plastic side.
- pre-cut away as much as possible, before attaching to lamp sphere.
Painting the outer ‘top’ color – preparing the outer surface for the ‘top cover’ color :
- we selected a matt, black, acrylic color.
- painting by using a small diameter, short-haired roll.
Peeling away the taped sections :
- any ends of tape going over edges, we had tucked away in between the surface sections.
- these ‘ends’ where the easiest to catch – when pulling away tape.
As a parent, I would have continued to do more labyrinth making, however my son had the ability to say when enough was enough 🙂
End result of project, video (youtube, opens new window).
- Avoid water-based paint – it tends to peel off if by nail scratching away the covering tape.
- Reserve 3 weekends of time…
- An excellent Parent-Child bonding project 🙂
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About the Author
Martin R.C. Andersson started out as a mechanical engineer, slowly developing a soft spot for project management – in which he has worked 10 years as a project manager.
Although having resigned from a corporate career within project management (2015), the soft spot he keeps alive through a keen interest in room environment treatment. By control of sound and light, looking to tweak for that noise-free listening… which should be a norm.
Values silence, and now and then solitude.
Thinks Mindfulness is a ‘state of being’ when work really gets done.
When thoughts flow – without disruption – to reach either a creative state or finish what’s at hand.
When the outside world is tuned out, performance is tuned in.
Feels best when Minimalism, Functionalism and Art come together, crossing paths.